KVDA > Tourism

Due to the declining fortunes in agriculture, mining and manufacturing sectors, many developing countries have turned to tourism as a panacea to the numerous economic problems facing them. In Kenya tourism contributes to about 5% of the nation’s GDP bringing about 74 billion shillings in 2011.

Tourism in the region is fairly developed especially in Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet counties. However, the industry’s future is far from assured, as it confronts strong competition from other wildlife tourism destinations (such as Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru National parks, as well as on-going domestic challenges, including electricity and water shortages, environmental degradation, and declining wildlife populations).

Some of the tourism attractions are listed under the following broad categories:

Physical features

Lakes, rivers, valleys scenaries, waterfalls, viewpoints, caves, furrows, dams, hanging valleys and gorges

Biodiversity- Study of forests, Savannah, scrub land, unique endemic trees, wild flowers, animals, endemic birds, mammals’ reptiles, insects, fish etc.

Sports & Recreation

Motor and bikes sports e.g. Rhino-charge
Paragliding and parachuting areas
World sports champions

Cultural attractions:

Storytellers, lost tribes, endangered tribes and calendar of events.
Legends including myths and forecasts
Traditional dancers